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Which of these certifications is important to you when hiring a software tester? Choose all that apply.

Top Answer: When I was at E&Y, when the partner was asked if we had CISSP certification, he replied “no, but focus on their experience”.  After we all got certified, he started replying: “yes, but focus on their experience”.    The IT industry love certs. But what counts is experience.

If you had a magic wand - what's the #1 daily business challenge you'd eliminate?

Top Answer: Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.

When building applications for scale, how important is QA testing?

Top Answer: Testing whatever you create is essential. We are in the process of adopting a strategy Netflix came up with: they simulate problems on the go, because scale can only be tested when there is a similar situation. You cannot take for granted that your application is built for that scale, because certain components may go wrong. The solution has to be resilient. We take care of latency for the applications that we build at Spice Money, because even 30 seconds matter in FinTech. And when you are talking about scale, data synchronization between the different systems becomes important because we want to have real-time data. While creating those architectures, list the probable points of failure and how you will address them. If one of your systems failed, your applications at scale will be a disaster if you have only created a single point of failure. Consider all the different pieces that can fail as well as the capacity you have built for. If even a single component in your entire application becomes a bottleneck, your entire architecture is impacted. That’s why it is important to invest a lot of time in thinking about and criticizing your own design, because you need to proactively point out all possibilities. And you need to run through whatever you have created with your operations team or the people who will be managing that particular system. What challenges are they facing? If something goes wrong in real time while your applications are implemented, what is the response time? How soon can you come back? If we have taken care of these areas, then we are pretty much home free. But if we do not put enough thought into them, it will be a difficult situation for everyone.

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How do tech leaders navigate the test phase of deployment?

Is stability / uptime a concern for you with your cloud provider?  Thinking back to AWS' major outage in 2017, shouldn't we be past these issues? https://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-cloud-outage-downs-customer-websites-globally/?ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=29349190877791638188562104926226&mid=12873514&cid=2259891406

Top Answer: It should be a concern.    No Hyperscaler is immune,  and we're not past these issues. AWS confirmed on 12-07-2021 "it was experiencing issues in the US-East-1 Region" that took down business and consumer services.  Many companies have already adopted a Multicloud strategy.  Moreover, it makes sense to use cloud service providers with complementary capabilities so that the business maintains access to best in class technologies.

DevOps Perceptions and AdoptionDevOps Perceptions and Adoption

What are tech leaders’ perceptions of DevOps as a deployment strategy?

If these companies were affected then the foundation of computing could be at risk. If you could manipulate at the hardware layer via the firmware, BIOS, ect then a threat actor could weaponize well below the operating system which brings in to question the integrity of the entire computing stack and everything above it.  The firmware and bios are like the rebar and concrete for a building. If that foundation is weak then the entire structure and anything dependent on it is at risk. We cannot underestimate the potential or the severity of these companies being potentially affected by the SolarWinds hack and what that means for the foundational computing hardware they provide to the world.  What do others think ?  How could this impact your organization ?   Big tech companies including Intel, Nvidia, and Cisco were all infected during the SolarWinds hack - The Verge

Top Answer: The message here is: one is never out of the woods ever, so pay attention! Just because today's news eclipses yesterday's doesn't mean companies get to shove the bad under the rug and stay silent. Remember, vulnerabilities discovered 10-15 years back are still at the top of the list of the most exploited.

Pain Points in ManufacturingPain Points in Manufacturing

What are the biggest pain points preventing manufacturers from reaching M4.0? Pulse surveys 100 manufacturing leaders to find out.

What are your thoughts on SaaS management platforms (SMP)?

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If you are a current SAP customer, when do you plan to migrate to SAP S/4HANA?

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